Project Lead: Dr Holly Tibble

Asthma affects more than 1 in 10 people in the UK. If untreated, asthma attacks can lead to unease and at worst death. In the UK alone, every 10 seconds, someone has an asthma attack. The main method of treating asthma is using regular preventer medication. This comes in the form of an inhaler, and patients are asked to take their inhaler daily to lessen the risk of an asthma attack. However, there are many reasons why patients don’t take their inhaler, which can vary between adults and children. This study will explore which groups of patients are not taking their inhaler regularly and whether this has changed over time. Using this information can improve the education we offer around medication use and reduce the number of asthma attacks.